The Long Goodbye
hardly knew ya
By Andrew Halcro
It comes as no surprise that Alaska’s former half-term governor opted out of competing for the Republican nomination for President of the United States. Anyone who thought otherwise, was never really being honest with themselves about how Sarah Palin’s electability was living on borrowed time.
In all of Palin’s successful previous runs for office, there has been an X factor she relied upon to win over voters. Running for Mayor of Wasilla she injected religion and guns to move voters. Running for Governor of Alaska she capitalized on the public’s distrust of Alaska’s ruling political class to win over voters. In 2008, Palin finally hit the wall because there was no boogeyman big enough to cover her inadequacies as a public policy maker.
Shortly after being chosen by John McCain as his running mate, Palin floundered as her responses and comments wore thin. Reduced to sounding like a barking dog at campaign events, Palin’s inability to internalize and articulate domestic and foreign solutions left voters with growing concerns about her credibility as the GOP Vice Presidential candidate.
Now, after spending the last three years in the protective cocoon of Facebook, Twitter and Fox News, Palin has managed to reinforce almost all of the negative stereotypes concerning her presidential metal.
Even ignoring her insurmountable negatives among a majority of voters, including two thirds of Republican voters who didn’t want her to run, Palin’s record of governing was a primary opponent’s dream.
Raising taxes (ACES), government intrusion into the private sector (AGIA’s failed government subsidy) and a lack of any fiscal or ethical constraint as governor left her vulnerable to all kinds of attacks. No matter if you agree with Palin’s record or not, in the harsh world of Republican (I’m more conservative than you) primary politics, Palin’s record would have been like shooting fish in a barrel.
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